503Studio: Write Your First Full Length Play

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Seven Thursday sessions between 15 Oct 2020 – 26 Nov 10am – 12.30pm, with a month to write and a 28 Jan sharing. The sessions will take place over Zoom. 

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. 

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)

Theatre503 introduces its new flagship writing course, to support you to write your first full length play led by Literary Manager, Steve Harper.

Our course will provide a structured exploration at pivotal stages of the process and incorporate discussion, exercises and shared experience around particular points in the process and directly in response to the work you are creating throughout.

Acknowledging that not one given process works for all writers, we will aim to explore as many alternative processes as possible. Writers will be encouraged to explore and share their own experiences of what has been useful and what has got in the way, with the course providing a space within which to reflect on these and guidance to how we might best draw on these experiences to inform our writing processes going forward.

We will provide ongoing dramaturgical support throughout the process, but with an awareness to the fact that all writers processes are bespoke. In this sense, whilst structured, we will also have the flexibility to provide different levels of dramaturgical support to individual writers at different stages of the process.

It is important to consider that this is not an introduction to playwriting but a course that will provide opportunities to refresh our basic knowledge of the craft in direct relationship to our work and the objective of writing a play over the period of the next 4 months. It is a course aimed at helping those writers trying to move from writing short plays to full length work, or those who might have written some full length work and feel it would be helpful to have a structured and ongoing dramaturgical relationship throughout the process.

Thurs 15th Oct – Session 1 – Ideas

Thurs 22nd Oct – Session 2 – Mapping Your Play / Structure

Thurs 29th Oct – Session 3 – Character & Character Journeys

Thurs 5th Nov – Session 4 – Scenes

Thurs 12th Nov – Session 5 – Dialogue/Subtext

Thurs 19th Nov – Session 6 – Setting/Space

Thurs 26th Nov – Session 7 – What Next

Writing Break

Thurs 28th Jan – Session 8 – Sharing And Feedback

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with pieces that are developed on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

 

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT. 

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)

Thanks to Arts Council England’s Emergency Grant and our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Autumn Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. To express interest in a bursary or subsidised placement through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us

If you would like to discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them, prior to booking, please get in touch with us.

Steve Harper heads the Literary Department of Theatre503. In the 14 years he has worked at the venue he has been responsible for identifying and supporting over 1,000 debut playwrights and helping to start their career. He co-created the 503Five initiative and Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has developed an outstanding reputation for matchmaking writers, directors and producers including putting together the team that delivered the Olivier Award winning Rotterdam.

 

Lauretta Barrow 

Lauretta Barrow is Literary Associate at Theatre503. She joined the Literary Department in 2014, after several years as a 503 reader. Lauretta has worked as dramaturg on a number of 503 shows, including No Place for a Woman and The Art of Gaman, while also taking on freelance dramaturgical projects and script reading.

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